WA batsman Shaun Marsh says he is in the best shape of his career, despite the fact he is recovering from an elbow reconstruction.
Marsh is expected to be sidelined for three to four months after having surgery on his injured left elbow in Melbourne last week.
The 31-year-old suffered the injury in his final game for Kings XI Punjab in the 2014 Indian Premier League when throwing a ball, but initially hoped a period of rest would heal the injury.
Marsh wore a large brace on the injured arm as he spoke at the WACA this morning.
“I didn’t really think too much of it at the start,” Marsh said.
“It happened in the last game I played in the IPL and come back to Australia after that.
“It was a little bit sore.
“I had about a month off from throwing and started throwing back at the WACA and it just felt like something wasn’t quite right and went and had a scan and it showed up that I had a pretty serious injury in there.
“I tore my tendons in there.”
Marsh said he would now put all his energies into his rehab, with the brace due to come off in six weeks.
“It was obviously disappointing at the time but I’m just looking forward to getting it right now and getting stuck into my rehab,” he said.
“I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life at the moment.
“I have worked really hard over the last two months to get my fitness levels to a level that they haven’t been before.
“Hopefully I can continue that and just looking forward to doing everything I can now to get it right.”
Marsh said he wasn’t even thinking about Australian selection, with next year’s World Cup looming.
But he was delighted at brother Mitch’s recent recall to the highest level.
“It’s a long way away and, like I said, I just want to put my time and energy and focus into my rehab and if I do that, that will give me the best chance to get back as soon as I can,” he said.
“It was nice to hear the news when Mitch rang me up.
“He thoroughly deserves his opportunity and I’ve got no doubt that he’s in the right head space now to really perform well at Australian level.”
Marsh was unsure of his program over the coming weeks, but faces a race against time to be fit for the Warriors opening Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania on October 31.